Red Cross ‘Sound the Alarm’ Against the House Fires

(UNDATED) – The American Red Cross asks Hoosiers to Sound the Alarm and is part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires.

From April 27 to May 12, 2019, Red Cross volunteers will install 100,000 free smoke alarms and help make homes safer in more than 100 high-risk communities across the country.
“We responded to nearly 1,400 home fires in 2018 in Indiana,” said Chad Priest, CEO of the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross. “Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.”
Home Fire Fast Facts:

  • Every day in this country, seven people die from home fires. It’s the biggest disaster threat we face.
  • The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires.
  • It is estimated that a household has only two minutes (or less) to escape during a home fire.
  • Since the Red Cross began its home fire outreach in 2014:
  • More than 49,000 youth in Indiana and 1,334,566 youth nationwide received home fire preparedness education programming.
  • More than 18,000 Indiana homes created emergency escape plans.
  • More than 44,000 free smoke alarms were installed in Indiana and 1,623,458 nationwide.
  • At least 17 lives were saved in Indiana, and 552 lives nationwide.